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    FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, seated center left, and his two sons, Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak attend a hearing in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt

    Egypt's Ex-President Mubarak Released, Returns Home After Acquittal

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    Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been released from military hospital and returned to his home three weeks after being acquitted on charges of complicity in protesters deaths during the 2011 unrest, Egyptian media reported Tuesday.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — The ex-president was accompanied by his son Gamal and wife Suzanne Thabet on his release early Tuesday, the Youm7 daily cited sources close to Mubarak's family as saying.

    Mubarak, 88, was reportedly transported on a specially equipped medical service vehicles, while his home in the Heliopolis district in Cairo has also been furnished with medical equipment.

    Later in the day, lawyer of the former president Farid Deeb told Sputnik that Mubarak remains in a military hospital in the country’s capital of Cairo only on health grounds and has a right to leave it at any moment.

    "The former president remains in hospital because of the ongoing treatment. The decision to leave the hospital may be made only by Mubarak himself, that depends on his health status," Dib said.

    He pointed out that Mubarak was not under any investigation.

    In February 2011, Mubarak resigned amid ongoing protests in the country and the following year he received a life sentence for "failure to stop the killings" during the 18-day uprising in 2011 that left over 800 people dead. The court’s decision was appealed by ex-president lawmakers and a new trial was ordered.

    Since August 2013, Mubarak has been kept at Maadi military hospital in Cairo amid worsen health condition.

    In 2014, Mubarak was discharged on every count of being involved in the killing of the demonstrators. The Prosecutor General's Office appealed the court's decision, claiming a number of procedural irregularities had taken place.

    In early March 2017, the Egyptian Court of Cassation acquitted Mubarak of charges of complicity in the deaths of protesters.

    This article was updated to reflect Mubarak's lawyer denial of former Egyptian president's return home from the hospital.


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